Water Quality in Lynn, Massachusetts
Watershed: Outlet Saugus River – Frontal Broad Sound
What is the water quality like in Lynn, MA?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Lynn water.
What’s in Lynn water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 22 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
10 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Lynn’s water come from?
Lynn’s water comes from the Outlet Saugus River – Frontal Broad Sound watershed.
All 27 EPA assessed water sources in the Outlet Saugus River – Frontal Broad Sound watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Belle Isle Inlet
- Bennetts Pond Brook
- Birch Pond
- Boston Inner Harbor
- Breeds Pond
- Chelsea River
- First Pond
- Flax Pond
- Floating Bridge Pond
- Foster Pond
- Griswold Pond
- Lynn Harbor – two segments
- Mill Creek
- Nahant Bay
- Pines River
- Sales Creek
- Saugus River – three segments
- Shute Brook – two segments
- Sluice Pond
- Spring Pond
- Swains Pond
- Winthrop Bay
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Lynn’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.
In Your Household:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 18 of the 22 contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 19 of the 22 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Barium – health risks in water
- Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
- Chloroform – side effects
- Chromium (total)
- Dibromoacetic acid
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Hexavalent chromium – health effects
- Monochloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
- Trichloroacetic acid
*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.
In Your Community:
Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.
Go to: http://www.lynnma.gov/index.shtml to find contact information for your local officials.